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Human Rights Observatory
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Russian, American Headed for Year in Space
Friday, March 27, 2015
A U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are headed for a year in outer space, the longest stay ever at the International Space Station. The two men and a second cosmonaut were aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket that blasted off Saturday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russia's space launch facility. The rocket launched in the very early morning local time and was expected to dock at the space station 6 hours later. NASA will televise the docking at 8:45 Eastern Standard... (Full Story)

New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility
Friday, March 27, 2015
Traditional push-rim wheelchairs create a lot of stress for arm, shoulder and neck muscles and joints. A redesigned chair, based on readily available bicycle technology, radically increases mobility while reducing the physical effort. VOA’s George Putic reports. (Full Story)

New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility
Friday, March 27, 2015
For many disabled people, the only way to move around is by using a wheelchair. Those who cannot afford powered wheelchairs propel themselves with their arms, which often leads to fatigue, pain, and even permanent damage to arms and shoulders. In 2007, a group of mechanical engineering students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology decided that the wheelchair needed a new design. Amos Winter, now an MIT professor, came up with an innovative idea for a wheelchair propelled by... (Full Story)

At Security Council, Ban urges action to end violence against religious, ethnic minorities in Middle East
Friday, March 27, 2015
Millions of lives in the Middle East – and the very social fabric of entire countries – are at stake, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned this morning, calling for urgent action from the Security Council to end the religiously and ethnically-motivated violence sweeping the region and end impunity for those committing crimes against humanity. (Full Story)

UN rights office welcomes Malawi leader’s condemnation of attacks on people with albinism
Friday, March 27, 2015
The United Nations Human Rights office today welcomed Malawi President Peter Mutharika's strong statement condemning the recent spate of attacks on people with albinism in his country and urged that the measures he outlined to arrest those responsible for such attacks and better protect albinos be launched “without delay.” (Full Story)

Al-Shabab Kills 9 at Mogadishu Hotel
Friday, March 27, 2015
Al-Shabab militants have attacked a major hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least nine people, including a Somali ambassador.  The area has been conrdoned off by security forces, but it appears militants remain in control of the Maka al-Mukarama hotel, a popular stop for government officials, lawmakers, civil servants and Somalis from the diaspora.  Witnesses say Friday's attack began with a car-bomb explosion just outside the hotel, followed by three to... (Full Story)

Uganda Trumpets 'Vuvuzelas' as New Tool to Deter Elephant Attacks
Friday, March 27, 2015
In Ugandan villages near national parks, shifting elephant migration routes have become a real danger. So the Uganda Wildlife Authority has been holding seminars in rural communities and giving people new - and non-lethal - methods to deter the elephants: vuvuzelas. Armed with the plastic trumpets, villagers are defending their homesteads.   Although natural elephant corridors have existed for centuries in Uganda, in recent years growth in both human and elephant populations have led... (Full Story)

Philippines Wants Tourists Spending Money at New Casinos
Friday, March 27, 2015
Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines. Close to five million foreign visitors traveled there last year, perhaps lured by the country’s tropical beaches. But the country hopes to entice more travelers to stay indoors and spend money inside new casinos.   When international visitors touch down in the Philippine capital, they do not have very far to go to reach the casinos.   Entertainment City is located adjacent to the international airport. Two of its... (Full Story)

Security Experts Split on Kenyan Barrier Wall
Friday, March 27, 2015
The Kenyan government is taking dramatic new steps to secure its border with Somalia by erecting a wall designed to keep out militants after a series of cross-border raids by al-Shabab militants. But experts are divided on whether the initiative is the long-awaited solution to Kenya's security problems, or a misguided effort. Northeastern Kenya borders both Ethiopia and Somalia. For more than two decades - since the collapse of Somalia's central government in 1990s - the region... (Full Story)

Yemen's FM Hopes for Quick End to Saudi-led Strikes
Friday, March 27, 2015
Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yasin says that airstrikes being carried out by a Saudi-led coalition against Yemen's Shi'ite Houthi rebels, who have seized control over large swaths of the country, should weaken the group and end quickly. (Full Story)

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